If fashion gives a reflection of what society has to offer, the recently presented ready-to-wear collections for spring 2014 are predicting excitement, challenge and "smartness". recent work explores how digital functionality can make for entirely new physical interfaces that we poke, prod, and touch with our hand
The times of finding a consensus in general trends are long gone, but more than ever designers are giving a personal view on fashion, beauty and Women - with a capital "W"-.
After having scanned the shows on www.style.com I ended up with a smile on my face and kind of butterflies in my stomach. Not only have I seen understated, yet intelligent beauty at Hussein Chalayan or Stella McCartney, ingeniously reworked evergreens at Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior or Sacai, but there was so much more! The shocking show of Miuccia Prada with its bright colors, bold designs and quirky combinations, the social statement of Rick Owens with merely black models with a lot more than a size zero, or the amazing show of Junya Watanabe of which I can't get the models with amazing wild hair-do's out of my mind.
Let's not forget Alexander Wang, reinstating the "fashion feel" by reintroducing a modern day logo-mania ... Or the sporty, activistic mood at the Celine collection with a mix of tennis and ethnic, accentuated by rough bright color strokes.
Positive things are happening, or are bound to happen; not necessarily in a mere economic sense, but a general flow of non-materialistic well-being is in the air.
Can we say that, good old fashion is showing us the way again, how to live life? At least I got inspired and not only to rethink my wardrobe, but also in setting new goals for my work and personal life.
... And coming weekend, I am getting myself a "fashionable" winter coat: new, vintage or I'll create something DIY.
Who says fashion is dead ... It's still there only the system has changed, like most other things in todays world.
Back to business!
... And don't forget to enjoy the new fashion for spring 2014 on style.com